Casual Photos: Macintosh RPG's from 1989 - "TaskMaker" and "Citadel"

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Today's casual photos (bit higher quality than usual, with my Panasonic digital camera), shown below, are two rare Apple Macintosh RPG's from 1989, Xor's TaskMaker (original version) and Postcraft's Citadel: Adventure of the CRYSTAL KEEP. The classic Macintosh platform is not known for its RPGs, and stand outs on the platform have been few and far between. Some of the others I own are rare and generally highly sought after, including Legends of the Lost Realm, a multi-character role playing game from Avalon Hill (1988; I don't have the sequel, which uses the same box, just with a small sticker on it to distinguish it), and the classic, Quarterstaff: The Tomb of Setmoth (1988, Infocom), which was originally released by Simulated Environment Systems in 1987 as simply Quarterstaff before Infocom's acquisition, and is considered one of the few authentic pen and paper-style RPGs in videogame form. Photos below:

The original black and white version of the Storm Impact-developed TaskMaker, which received a shareware revision in 1993 that featured a color update and improved MacOS compatibility:
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Citadel: Adventure of the CRYSTAL KEEP:
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Matt Barton
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You wouldn't happen to have

You wouldn't happen to have a copy of Deja Vu for the Mac, would you? The one in monochrome?

BTW, that box art is insane! I love that stuff.

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No, no boxed copy of Deja Vu
Matt Barton wrote:

You wouldn't happen to have a copy of Deja Vu for the Mac, would you? The one in monochrome?

Sorry, the only thing like that I have from them I believe is Shadowgate, Atari ST version.

I always liked the box for Deja Vu II with the small plastic mask.

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Citadel!

Wow, I loved citadel so much! I'm trying now to run it on an emulator on my PC but to no avail. Did you ever try and succeed with this kind of thing, or know someone that did?

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I must admit I'm no emulator

I must admit I'm no emulator expert as I like to run stuff on the original hardware, but Mark Vergeer might know.

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Mac Emulators

Emulation of the Classic OS is not as difficult as mr Barton says, it is quite doable but you do need to obtain the proper files for it all to work. I'm not sure which emulator you tried but it doesn't help to try more than one emulator as they all have their own strenghts and weaknesses.

This website may get you going:
http://www.emaculation.com/doku.php

Various emulators do exist to aid you with this. But perhaps this Beginner's guide to emulating the Apple Macintosh has some information you can use:
http://www.emaculation.com/articles/intro.html

http://emaculation.com/doku.php/basilisk_ii_setup
Provides an updated guide to properly setting up BasiliskII

vMac is your emulator of choice when emulating black and white macs running a very low version of Mac OS.

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Classic Mac emulation is

Classic Mac emulation is truly difficult. I was able to do it for one of my Matt Chats covering Shadowgate and Deja Vu, and it took months. I used a program called Mini vMac -- read more here. You have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get the OS and such installed, and then to get your software into the emulator. Undoubtedly, more trouble than it's worth unless you're a historian or suffering severe nostalgia. :)

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